Metered Bandwidth – It’s Comcastic!

Comcast never really learns apparently. If you think the issues with Bittorrent blocking were bad, then hearing that anyone using any protocol to use what Comcast deems as “substantial” bandwidth will get your connection added to a blacklist should not come as a total shock. Some of the things you can likely forget about once this goes into affect include:

  • Heavy online gaming – possibly even moderate gaming with first person shooters.
  • Watching video over the Internet, especially with services like AppleTV, Netflix or Vudu.
  • IP phones, potentially even for business users, might become unusable.
  • Oh and I am out for downloading Linux distros. Yes, thanks to blocking bittorrent, I already have the deck stacked against me. But now I may not even be able to download them for reviews thanks to this draconian policy with any protocol.

Because Comcast obviously, lacks the brass to just come out and meter us directly, it seems that they are really working hard to ensure that users such as myself go elsewhere in droves. Shoddy DVRs that need to be exchanged due to bugs every two months, blocking protocols because of abuse by pirates, now metering without actually being clear as to what/when/why the metering/blacklisting will take place is about to go into effect.

You know something, when I move out come the end of July to head back up north, I have decided 150% that I will not be using Comcast for ANYTHING any longer. I fully understand the desire to protect their casual users from bandwidth being drained dry, but this is insane – – we do not even get to know what will get a user blacklisted for Pete’s sake? Thanks but no thanks, you can keep your box, service and awful vision for customer service. I find Comcast has disgusting business practices and my future ISP choices will indeed, be reflecting this belief. While they are free to meter, restrict and do whatever they want, at least do us the courtesy not to lie to us.

Quote from Charlie Douglas, a Comcast spokesman:

We are trying to figure out what do customers want, what techniques need to be in place to create the best user experience.”

Apparently the FCC, various consumer groups and people like me are not screaming loudly enough. We would like to have clear guidelines on WHAT USAGE is going to get us penalized and if possible, not to restrict our choice of what is acceptable to download, view or share. Not everything is bundled by copyrights and patents, guys. Deal with law breaking as it happens, do not dare penalize everyone because it is “easier”, then lie about how your service is faster that DSL. How can it be, as clearly it matters what is being downloaded. If they want to meter me, fine. Give me hard usage numbers! Enough with this cloak and dagger crap.

This has me so angry that if it was not such an amazing hassle with moving soon, I’d just disconnect today. This company’s lack of commonsense leadership sickens me to my very core…

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